Rembrandt used drawing in the 17th century the way 21st-century artists use photography: to record people, places and things, and as source material or preparatory studies for his works. There is no consensus on how many drawings he produced, but some estimates place the number in the thousands.

A selection from his prodigious output is on view in “Drawings by Rembrandt, His Students and Circle From the Maida and George Abrams Collection,” which features more than 50 drawings by nearly two dozen artists.